May 17, 2010

The World Cup and Economics 2010: - Let your inner economist geek out with Goldman Sachs' 69-page analysis of the upcoming World Cup. Check out how they did with their predictions in 2006[.pdf] and an extract[.pdf] from their efforts in 2002. Check out the competition from UBS[.pdf]. Then have a quiet sit-down in a darkened room for half an hour.

posted by JJ to soccer at 11:59 AM - 2 comments

More evidence that the financial markets are more or less the same as the bookies ring at the track.

I'd still go with the bookies, though. Weight of money carries more significance that FIFA rankings, false hopes or financial analysis.

posted by owlhouse at 08:24 PM on May 17, 2010

In most cases, absolutely, but not where the English football team is concerned. They're always far shorter than they should be due to the number of deluded English punters who get easily convinced by the Sun and Mars Bar commercials that if they just believe in it enough...

posted by JJ at 06:37 AM on May 18, 2010

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